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Student Worker Highlight: Anna Fleming

January 14th, 2014 by SCUA Staff

The Special Collections and University Archives could not function without the amazing student workers who assist the staff on a daily basis on numerous projects including paging materials for researchers, fulfilling scanning and photocopying requests, and processing collections, among numerous other requests. Throughout this school year we will be highlighting these students to showcase their interests and some of their favorite collections in our repository.




Anna Fleming
Senior, South Eugene High School

Tell us about your senior project:

My senior project is a graduation requirement that requires students to spend 20-25 hours in a career setting which I chose to complete at the University of Oregon Special Collections and University Archives. I have collected a journal of my work experiences during my time there that will go into my senior presentation. The project is presented in front of a board consisting of school staff and community members and graded on completion and presentation efficiency.

Why did you want to volunteer at SCUA?

I chose to complete my senior project at the University of Oregon Special Collections and University Archives because I find working on the collections to be an eye opening and incredibly interesting experience. Each collection contains so much unique information and its amazing to be able to learn about each collection and what information it holds. I think that the preservation of these collections is incredibly vital to our community and I feel lucky to be a part of the preservation of amazing collections as well as the community at the University of Oregon Special Collections.

What is your favorite item or collection in our repository?

My favorite collection in the University of Oregon Special Collections would be a tie between two different collections I have worked on. The Kathan Zerzan and Ruth Prawer Jhabvala collection. I loved working on the Zerzan collection because it contained so much information on Eugene in the sixties and seventies, including newspaper clippings and events that my parents remembered from growing up in Eugene. I found it to be so amazing to see the different and rather pivotal time in history throughout the collection as well as gain a new perspective on the town I was raised in. Also throughout the collection I came across a few underground publications that I found to be incredibly interesting as well as Zerzan’s FBI file. The Ruth Prawer Jhabvala collection was also incredibly interesting because I was able to see her original manuscripts of screenplays and see the changes and notes she took throughout the manuscripts. I think that collection was incredibly interesting to work on because it made me realize the work and time that goes into screenwriting.

See more about our student workers here.

Upcoming Talk: 1940s Conscientious Objectors Campus in Oregon, Wed., November 6

November 1st, 2013 by SCUA Staff

Upcoming talk on 1940s Conscientious Objectors Camp in Oregon on Wed., Nov. 6

Here on the Edge is the long-awaited story of how a World War II conscientious objectors camp on the Oregon Coast plowed the ground for the social and cultural revolutions of the 1960s.    On Wednesday, November 6, at 7:00 p.m. in the Knight Library’s Browsing Room on the UO campus, author Steve McQuiddy will present a slideshow and talk on this group of artists and writers who carved an unpopular path during the dark days of the 1940s, then later inspired the likes of Allen Ginsberg and Ken Kesey. The talk is free and open to the public, and the book will be available for purchase and signing.

McQuiddy did much of his research for Here on the Edge using materials from collections in  Special Collections and University Archives, particularly the Camp Waldport Records.

The event will also feature an exhibit of rare books and materials from the Camp Waldport Records, which includes materials produced by the Fine Arts Group at Waldport, the conscientious objectors who published books, produced plays, and made art and music—all during their limited non-work hours, with little money and resources.

For more information and background on Here on the Edge, visit http://osupress.oregonstate.edu/book/here-on-edge.

The talk is sponsored by the University of Oregon Libraries and the Duck Store.

Newly Available Collection: Lyle Grimes collection

September 26th, 2013 by Chas Cassidy

Lyle Grimes was a collector of Jazz related information. The collection contains record catalogs , lists and reviews, personality profiles of musicians, jazz booklets and bibliography, artwork, clippings, and scrapbooks.

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Newly Available Collection: School of Architecture and Allied Arts records

September 26th, 2013 by Chas Cassidy

The University of Oregon School of Architecture and Design was founded in 1914 by Ellis Lawrence; it has gone through many name changes and department additions and eliminations. The collection contains records from multiple departments and the school depending on how it was organized at the time when the records were created.

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Guide to the School of Architecture and Allied Arts (AAA) Records

Newly Available Collection: Edwin Burton Aldrich correspondence

September 26th, 2013 by Chas Cassidy

Edwin B. Aldrich (1879-1950) became a newspaper editor and publisher with the East Oregonian (in Pendleton) and was active is public affairs in Oregon all his adult life. The collection contains correspondence related to newspaper business, public affairs, political and personal concerns and includes letters exchanged with Oregon politicians and public figures.

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Guide to the Edwin B. Aldrich Correspondence

Newly Available Collection: Ben Wilson Olcott papers

September 26th, 2013 by Chas Cassidy

Ben Wilson Olcott (1872-1952) became Oregon’s Secretary of State, 1911-1919, and governor, 1919-1923 and as governor he opposed the anti-Catholic “School bill” of 1922. The collection consists of nine scrapbooks arranged by Olcott that contain official and personal material concerning his terms as a state official and include correspondence, press releases, speeches, newsclippings, and material relating to the Ku Klux Klan in Oregon.

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Guide to the Ben Wilson Olcott Papers

Newly Available Collection: Baker, Rawalt, and Hoffman Family papers

September 26th, 2013 by Chas Cassidy

The Baker family, consisting of Walter H. Baker, his wife Ida S. Baker (nee Rawalt) and their three sons, William A., Walter R., and Paul, as well as Ida Baker’s sister, Mary Hoffman (nee Rawalt), her husband William and their son Harlan, all moved to the Salem, Oregon area in the 1890s. The collection contains records of the Baker, Rawalt, and Hoffman family that include diaries, correspondence, photographs, negatives, and business records of Walter Baker.

Guide to the Baker, Rawalt, and Hoffman Family Papers

Newly Available Collection: Bertram Telfer McBain papers

September 26th, 2013 by Chas Cassidy

Bertram Telfer McBain was a paper mill manager and consultant. The papers include proposals and studies for pulp mill sites, a manuscript history of the pulp and paper industry in the Pacific Northwest, photographs and a scrapbook of the Crown Pulp Mill, Oregon City (1914), and photographs of construction of the Oregon City-West Linn bridge (1922).

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Guide to the Bertram Telfer McBain Papers


Newly Available Collection: Iris Thorpe Barry papers

September 26th, 2013 by Chas Cassidy

Iris Thorpe Barry was a writer of poetry, short stories, and crime and suspense novels. The collection contains manuscripts of poems, short stories, and novels, correspondence, memorabilia and publicity, and published works, 1925-1975.

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Guide to the Iris Thorpe Barry Papers

Newly Available Collection: Department of Romance Languages

September 26th, 2013 by Chas Cassidy

The Department of Romance Languages at the University of Oregon offers classes that focus on the languages, literatures, and cultures of the French, Italian, and Spanish language speaking worlds. The collection includes department files, correspondence, reports, meeting minutes, and office files.

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Guide to the Department of Romance Languages Records